When people love where they live, it shows in their community. And it would be hard to imagine a place where community means more than in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
This year marked the 22nd annual Old Bill’s Fun Run, a longstanding Jackson tradition and one of the most successful philanthropic fundraisers in the country. Born out of the generosity of an anonymous couple—fondly known as Mr. and Mrs. Old Bill—the event inspires community giving by matching donations to local non-profits. And the results are remarkable.
The weeks-long fundraising drive, which culminates each year in the annual 5k and 10k fun runs, raised more than $13 million this year. Since its start 22 years ago, Old Bill’s has raised $159,339,346 for local non-profits. The money raised allows many local organizations to provide services that contribute to the unique character of Jackson Hole.
“This year’s match pool is the largest ever, as is the amount nonprofits raised from the larger community,” explains Katharine Conover, president of the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole. “Nonprofits rely on these funds for operating support. The impact of Old Bill’s will be felt in Jackson Hole throughout the year ahead.”
Old Bill’s is truly a testament to the area’s community involvement. The fundraiser invites gifts of all sizes, and this year the median donation was a few hundred dollars. It is especially moving, Conover told Jackson Hole Real Estate Associates, to see children’s involvement. Many youngsters brought their piggy banks to the Community Foundation and divvied up the change to their favorite organizations.
“We are, truly, overcome with gratitude,” Conover says. “Old Bill’s demonstrates the astounding generosity that is alive and well in Jackson!”
Giving to Old Bill’s is easy and fun—and no gift is too small. For more information about how to become involved, please visit the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole’s website.